Kite Runner

Timeline created by emiko andaya
  • The Birth of Baba

    Hosseini writes, "In 1933, the year Baba was born and the year Zahir Shah began his forty-year reign of Afghanistan" (Hosseini 24). In other words, based on later events in the book, Baba was born when Afghanistan was peaceful. Considering that Afghanistan's king was coming into his forty-year reign, we can assume that Afghanistan was not only peaceful​ but prosperous as well.
  • The Births of Hassan and Amir

    Amir says, "It was there, in that little shack, that Hassan was born in the winter of 1964, just one year after my mother died giving birth to me" (Hosseini 6).
  • Hassan's Birthday Gift

    Hosseini writes, "The swelling subsided, and the wound healed with time . . . By the following winter, it was only a faint scar. Which was ironic. Because that was the winter Hassan stopped smiling" (Hosseini 47). The remnants of a faint scar is ironic because Hassan always smiled no matter what, so one would think that once Hassan's lip was fixed he would smile even more. However, it is as if Hassan's surgery was a trigger for all the terrible things to come in the near future.
  • The KIte Flying Competition

    Amir says, "I loved wintertime in Kabul . . . because . . . the chill between Baba and me thawed a little. And the reason for that was the kites . . . The kite-flying tournament was an old winter tradition in Afghanistan" (Hosseini 51). Previously in the book, Amir tells of how Baba took him to see the buzkashi races, and how Amir did not have the stomach for it. Thus, Baba became disappointed. However, kite-running is the one thing Baba and Amir reach common ground on.
  • Hassan's Rape

    Amir recalls, "[Assef] dropped his underwear. He positioned himself behind Hassan. Hassan didn't struggle . . . [Hassan] moved his head slightly and I caught a glimpse of his face . . . It was the look of a lamb" (Hosseini 75). Throughout the book, Hassan demonstrates his loyalty to Amir on several occasions by putting himself instead of Amir in harm's way. such as standing up to Assef on the hill. To Hassan, getting raped for the kite is just another price to pay for his loyalty to Amir.
  • Amir's 13th birthday

    Amir recalls, "I ripped open box after box of presents . . . I just gave them a joyless glace and pitched them to the corner of the room. The pile was growing there . . . [including] several sealed envelopes containing cash" (Hosseini 101). Everyone who attended Amir's party gave him so many gifts not because they were celebrating him, but they were celebrating and respecting Baba. As Amir grows up, he lives and Baba's shadow and must live up to Baba's expectations.
  • Ali and Hassan's Departure

    Amir says, "I watched Ali haul the lone suitcase carrying all their belongings to Baba's car . . . Hassan lugged his mattress . . . He'd left all his toys behind . . . I discovered them the next morning, piled in a corner just like the birthday presents in my room" (Hosseini 108). Hassan and Ali finally exit Amir's life like he wanted in order to start again with a clean slate. With the way Hassan left his toys, this further indicates the similarities and brotherly bond between Hassan and Amir.
  • The Soviet Invasion

    "The first Soviet troops parachuted into Kabul on Dec. 27, 1979" (The New York Times).
  • Soviet Troops Leave Afghanistan

    "The last Soviet troops left Afghanistan in February 1989" (The New York Times).
  • Babrak Karmal becomes president

    "Babrak Karmal . . . had become president in a coup within the Afghan Communist leadership" (The New York Times).
  • The Origin of the Taliban

    "The [Taliban's] first action occurred when Mullah Omar, a Pashtun . . . gathered a small band of men and attacked a group of warlords who had raped a girl and shaved her head. By the end of 1994, Mullah Omar had nearly 12,000 followers" (The New York Times).
  • The Taliban Take Over

    "The Taliban, the extremist Islamic group that had seized control [of Afghanistan] in 1996 after years of civil war" (The New York Times).
  • The Destruction of Sacred Buddha Statues

    "Western diplomats say Al Qaeda helped persuade Mullah Omar to order the destruction of the 800-year-old Buddha statues at Bamiyan" (The New York Times).
  • Driving out the Taliban

    "An air and ground campaign began that drove the Taliban out of the major Afghan cities by the end of the year" (The New York Times).
  • Chairman Karzai

    "Hamid Karzai . . . was named chairman of an interim government that replaced the defeated Taliban . . . [He was] a celebrity in flowing cape and dark gray karakul cap" (The New York Times).
  • 9/11

    "The attack on the World Trade Center in New York on Sept. 11, 2001" (The New York Times).
  • Amir reunites with Assef

  • The Taliban Return

    "Despite their defeat in 2001, the Taliban continued to wage a guerrilla warfare from a base in the mountainous and largely lawless tribal area on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border" (The New York Times).
  • Baba's Sickness